January 21, 2014 NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society) published a report about the primate trade in Mauritius. Thousands of monkeys are bred in farms in small cages. Many of them caught in wild by nets or simply by grabbing their tales and pulling them down. Frightened monkeys are being held down, tattooed without anaesthetic, injected and examined as they await a flight to the UK, European Union and U.S to be used in scientific research. A baby monkey is tattooed for identification purposes
NAVS did their secret investigation in one of the key breeding facilities – Biodia in Mauritius who continue to take monkeys from the wild, terrifying the animals and destroying family groups. Some wild monkeys are sold for vivisection, but often dealers do this to restock their breeding factory farms – enabling them to claim they are captive bred animals. Frightening and painful procedures included monkeys being pinned down by several workers to have blood sampled and repeated testing for tuberculosis which involves the animals being injected into the upper eyelid. Tiny babies are fully conscious while tattooed with the numbers used to identify them as they are sold around the world for research.
Once sold the monkeys are packed into small travelling crates and shipped all over the world to be experimented on, including Europe and the USA. It is probably the last time they will see daylight – a typical, direct flight to the UK will take about 12 hours, flights with transfers longer – before their crate is loaded into a vehicle and driven to the final destination. There, at the laboratory, the crate is finally opened. Just to be put into another cage and there live the rest of their days tortured by different experiments that ‘scientists’ put them through.
Who does the transports of these monkeys? Air France passenger and Air France-KLM cargo. Photo from BUAV
And please read more about this horrifying cruelty that European Union has NO control over. Just a few days ago the Home Office (UK) admitted to NAVS that it no longer checks and approves overseas breeding facilities, instead leaving it up to laboratories… So in other words they don’t give a shit about how these animals suffer! (Excuse the language).
Contact Air France KLM to tell them that you will be flying with other airlines until they pledge to stop transporting primates for research.
- By post: Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, Air France-KLM, 10-14 Rue de Rome, 93290 Tremblay en France, Paris, France
- Online: Air France website and KLM website
- Facebook: Air France and KLM
- Twitter: @AirFranceUK and @KLM
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